USCC Report to Detail Chinese Cyber Espionage

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) will release a report on Wednesday November 17, 2010 which is expected to detail the recent hijacking of as much as 15% of worldwide internet traffic.

The report indicates traffic that was improperly rerouted through Chinese telecom networks contained data packets from the United States military, Executive Branch, and NASA.

The hijacked data also contained an unspecified amount of data from corporations, private citizens, and other national and local government entities.

From the press release:

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission will release its 2010 Report to Congress at a press conference Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 10:00 am at the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485. The Commission’s Chairman and Vice Chairman will discuss the Commission’s findings and recommendations and answer questions.

Among the topics in the 316-page Report:   

 

Economics and Trade Issues: 

• China’s ‘indigenous innovation’ policy to promote favored industries and limit imports.
• China’s currency manipulation and its effects on the United States.
• China’s purchases of U.S. Treasury securities and the implications for the United States.
• China’s measures to restrict rare earth element exports.
• China’s past and future role in the World Trade Organization.

National Defense Issues:

• China’s growing air and missile capabilities, and the increasing capacity to strike U.S. bases and allies in the region.
• China’s improving commercial aviation manufacturing capabilities, and the spillover benefits for China’s defense aviation industry.
• The increasingly sophisticated nature of malicious computer activity associated with China.

Foreign Affairs Issues:

• China’s increasing political, economic, energy and security interactions with Southeast Asia, and
the implications for U.S. interests in the region.
• Recent developments in the China-Taiwan relationship, and implications for the United States.
Energy and Environmental Issues:
• China’s efforts to promote green energy in order to increase its energy security, prevent environmental degradation, and develop a globally competitive green energy industry.
• Ohio’s response to China’s promotion of its alternative energy industries.

Censorship Issues:

• How China’s revised state secrets laws may conflict with U.S. disclosure requirements and put U.S. investments in Chinese firms at risk.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is a bipartisan Congressional Commission established in 2000 to investigate, analyze and provide recommendations to Congress on the economic and national security implications of the U.S.–China relationship.

Authorities have not indicated what may have become of the lost data, and have not announced any plans to sanction China for the unprecedented event.

Source:  http://www.uscc.gov/pressreleases/2010/10_11_04pr.pdf

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